Posts tagged ‘education’

Depending too much on Pills and Syrups? There are alternatives.

Have you heard of the cautionary tales of Donna Bishop, the woman who overdosed after taking self medicated drugs? Or the tales of the millions of people who are addicted to pain killers? What about the story of people becoming addicted to cough medicine?

To clear things up, Donna Bishop’s sad story is not a cautionary tale but an unfortunately event. According to the Miss Bishop, after feeling poorly took Paracetamol pills then drunk a cup of Lemsip. Also though it may seem impossible, but a lot of people in Britain and all around the world are addicted to pain killers, and it also seems that we have become a nations that have become so depend on over the counter medication that we do not see the dangers that we put ourselves in from time to time. There are a few questions that need to be asked, such as, can we live without modern medicines such as pain killers or have we become so dependent on them that we can not live with out them? And do we need to look out for legal drugs as much as illegal ones when some individuals abuse them so much? And have our dependence on medicine blind us to the dangers that come with taking pills and other medication?

Scientists have explained that there are certain ingredients in pain killers and cough medicines that can actually be quite addictive, if taken in a large doses or frequently. This ingredients are called Condiene also known as Promethazine which can be found in paracetamol pain killers such as Nurofen and other helpful over the counter products. While this is a major factor of what is opened to us, another is whether or not we have gotten to a point where we don’t think about the consequences of not taking the right dose. Normally we all take, when we have a headache, two tablets in a day then our headache goes away, this isn’t the same for Chris Carlsson, a 25-year-old Student, who has had chronic headaches since he was 13 years old. He has at least 5 different kinds of medications. One to help with his pain which he takes twice daily, an over the counter brand, another morphine like which has a side effects, therefore he has to take another set of pills to deal with the side effects and a vitamin pill every day to help keep the other 4 under control. He comments that he could live with taking his meds but it would be rather painful while others might not be so lucky. He thinks that a normal headache is caused by many reasons and that we should try alternatives before finally using over the counter medicines. “Some medication we can’t live without, we shouldn’t take too many, but we use it within reason. It is the reason why we have them.” Goes on to comment that, “ We need to watch out for everything in the topic of drug abuse and accidental overdose. We need to look at what we are taking, read the instructions if you’re not sure, it is really hard to OD if you’ve read the label properly.”

I don’t think that we have been blinded by our dependence, those who know how to take meds take them properly and those who aren’t really use to it or haven’t been taught how to use it are the ones that might be blinded by it and put themselves in danger.”

It seems that there are many alternative medicine to our conventional medicines. Home made remedies are equally advised while searching for help sites online. Acupuncture, herbs, vitamins and minerals, according to the online side MayoClinic, offer some relief to those who are suffering from headaches. For those who don’t want to rely on modern medicine to help them get rid of a cold do it the ‘natural’ way. While searching the web for experts and alternative remedies, a website called Web MD, gave clear and helpful hints on how to get rid of a cold. From drinking plenty of liquids to how to steer away from getting a sore throat. These websites as well as a quick visit to your local GP should help you feel better in no time. 


Students Battling on the Front Line…Across the UK

There is war going on, but it isn’t in the fields of the Middle East. It’s right here, in England and across Britain. Everywhere students from all over the UK are rallying together to stop one particular threat: The raise in tuition fees that have been breathing down our necks since it was first mentioned in 2005 and the cuts that will plague our universities.  Now the time has come and we are fighting tooth and nail to keep it from making our lives a complete nightmare. We are not only fighting for ourselves but future students who will be affected

The War isn't over 'Til the Last Student Graduates!!

by this threat, future generations who are just starting school, our nieces and nephews and for some, our children.

I cannot help but think that this is a way to stop students from going to university, a way of forcing us into work because there will be too many future students to handle. Vince Cable and the rest of the Liberal Democrats made promises that they might not be able to keep. They promised that if we voted for them they would scrap tuition fees altogether. They are in power but they have shown no interest in keeping their word. Just sitting back, and letting the Tories go on with whatever they want to do. So much for a Coalition Government, huh Deputy Prime Minister?  May I remind you that your children will be want to go to university one day…oh wait, I forgot, you’re rich. Never mind. A Russell Group university for them then, right Liberal Democrats? What about those who are (sorry correction), those who WANT to go to university next year, and the year after that, what about the “students” who want to go to university to a better education, those from poor backgrounds. Wasn’t the Student Loan system meant to help them?

Instead they will be living with a huge amount of debt before they’ve even found their dream jobs, well that is if they ever find a job in this recession.

November 10th is the day of battle, show your support for students, protest on your Facebook pages, on your Twitter pages and let your voices be heard.

This WAR isn’t over until the last student GRADUATES!


University Degree equals Debt

Have you ever heard the joke about the students who had to pay £10,000 for their tuitions fees for university? Of course you have. It has been pasted all over the news this year that university tuitions fees will

University Student Equals Debt

be going up.

In 2006 Education Correspondent for the Guardian, Matthew Taylor argued in his article that by 2010 tuition fees for UK universities will be up to £5000. Now in 2010, it seems that Matthew’s predictions were true. It has been stated that the tuition fees will be higher for university students.

This kind of annoys me, as a university student, I know how hard it is to get into university not to mention find the money to pay for my tuition. Not only do we have to deal with the rising of tuition fees, we have to deal with Student Finance, who has constantly messed up the applications of the thousands of students who apply for their financial aid in 2009.

With the sudden rise in tuition fees it seems that the worry and concern has been floating around is if this will put middle class and working class students off of going into further education. This is completely understandable. The idea that you would be pushing yourself towards something that is meant to make your life better only to leave with thousands of pounds worth of debt before you even started working is a very daunting concept to think about. I, myself have had these worries, especially when I am already £14,000 in the red with only 2 years under my belt.

What gets under my skin is the fact that we are pushed towards university, not only by our parents but by our society. The ideal that has been placed upon us is simply, to have a better if we MUST go to university. If we don’t then we are going to end up in a dead end job. How are we suppose to aim for university if it is going to put us out of pocket BEFORE we’ve even  have a chance to accept our dream jobs. It annoys me that to go to university, future students will have to either have rich parents or have to work their butts off to pay for an education that should be free. University is meant to be a way of making someone’s life better, or that is what we are told, so why do we have to pay thousands upon thousands of pounds to make our life better. We never had to do that with Primary school or even for secondary school.

And then they worry that rising tuition fees will make all future students second guess whether or not they really need a degree.

There are more things that annoy me about the idea of university, especially the stereotypes that have been attached to being a university student and there is no way I can get all of this out in one blog entry so you’ll have to seriously

Watch this space…